Posts Tagged ‘covers’

Meaning of, ‘Whoever covers a Muslim…”

June 5, 2012

Translated from:  http://www.binbaz.org.sa/mat/11401 (answered by Shaikh Abdul Azeez Bin Baz)

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Q: Is the meaning of this hadeeth: ‘Whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him‘ that: if someone commits a sin and I cover it up, Allah will cover my sins up? I would like for you to clarify this for me – Allah reward you with good.

 

 

A: Yes, this is an authentic hadeeth collected by Muslim from Abu Hurairah – radiallahu anhu – from the Prophet  – alayhis salaatu was-salaam – in which he said (translated), ‘Whoever removes a hardship from the hardships of the this life from a Believer, Allah will remove a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection1 from him. And whoever makes a difficult affair easy, Allah will make things easy for him in this life and the Hereafter.  And whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter…’ to the end of the hadeeth.

 

 And in the two Saheeh’s from the hadeeth of Ibn Umar – Allah be pleased with him and his father – from the Prophet – sallaallahu alayhe wa sallam – that he said (translated), ‘The Muslim is the brother of a Muslim.  He neither oppresses him nor does he abandon  him. And whoever fulfills the need of his brother, Allah will fulfill his need. And whoever repels from a Muslim a hardship, Allah will repel a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Resurrection from him.  And whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him on the Day of Resurrection.’

 

 

So this is what is legislated:  when a person sees from his brother in the religion a flaw – meaning: an act of disobedience – then he neither exposes it, nor spreads it amongst the people.  Rather, he covers it up, advises him, directs him to good, and calls him to repent to Allah from that.  And he doesn’t expose it amongst the people. So whoever does this – covering his brother (i.e. his faults or sins), then Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter.  Because the recompense is from the same type as the action.

 

 

As for those who show their sins and they are not shy to show their sins among the people, then these people expose themselves.  This is not the situation for covering (faults) – like the one who drinks alcohol amongst the people in the marketplaces and in gatherings – this one has indeed exposed himself – and we ask Allah for well-being.  Likewise the one who does other sins openly and he doesn’t care, then his affair is brought to the ones in charge (Muslim Rulers in Muslim countries) who will deter others like him and establish the Islamic punishment upon him – his affair is brought (to them).  There is no covering (of sins) for the one who makes apparent and publicizes his sin.  And we ask Allah for well-being.

 

 

1Lit.: The Day of Standing, also known as the Day of Judgement

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Whoever Removes a Hardship from a Believer…

June 3, 2012

Abu Huraira – radiallahu anhu – narrated that the Prophet Muhammad – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – said:

مَنْ نَفَّسَ عَنْ مُؤْمِنٍ كُرْبَةٍ مِنْ كُرَبِ الدُّنْيَا

Whoever removes from a Believer a hardship from the hardships of this life (the dunya),


نَفَّسَ اللهُ عَنْهُ كُرْبَةٍ مِنْ كُرَبِ يَوْمِ القِيَامَة

Allah (God) will remove from him a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Judgment

 

وَ مَنْ يَسَّرَ عَلَى مُعْسَرٍ يَسَّرَ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ فِي الدُّنْيَا والآخِرَة

And whoever makes a difficult affair easy, Allah will make things easy for him in this life and the Hereafter

 

وَمَنْ سَتَرَ مُسْلِمًا سَتَرَهُ اللهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا والآخِرَة

And whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter


وَاللهُ فِي عَوْنِ العَبْدِ مَا كَانَ العَبْدُ فِي عَوْنِ أَخِيْهِ

And Allah comes to the help of His servant as long as (or as much as) the servant comes to the help of his brother

 

وَمَنْ سَلَكَ طَرِيْقًا يَلْتَمِسُ فِيْهِ عِلْمًا

And whoever treads a path seeking (Islamic) knowledge

 

سَهَّلَ اللهُ لَهُ بِهِ طَرِيقًا إِلَى الجَنَّة

Allah will make easy for him by way of it a path to Paradise

 

وَمَا اجْتَمَعَ قَوْمٌ فِي بَيْتٍ مِنْ بُيُوْتِ اللهِ

And a group of people don’t gather in one of the houses of Allah

 

يَتْلُوْنَ كِتَابَ اللهِ

Reciting the Book of Allah

 

وَيَتَدَارَسُوْنَهُ بَيْنَهُمْ

And studying it amongst themselves

 

إِلَّا نَزَلَتْ عَلَيْهِم السَّكِيْنَةُ

Except that tranquility descends upon them

 

وَغَشِيَتْهُم الرَّحْمَة

And mercy covers them

 

وحَفَّتْهُم المَلَأئِكَة

And the angels surround them

 

وذَكَرَهُم اللهُ فِيْمَنْ عِنْدَهُ

And Allah mentions them to those with Him

 

ومَنْ بَطَّأَ بِهِ عَمَلُهُ

And whoever is slowed down by his deeds

 

لَمْ يُسْرِعْ بِهِ نَسَبُهُ

His lineage won’t speed him up

 

صحيح مسلم

كتاب الذكر والدعاء والتوبة والاستغفار

From Saheeh Muslim,

The Book of Dhikr, Dua, Repentance, and Seeking Forgiveness

Chapter: The Merit of an Assembly for the Recitation of the Qur’an or for the Dhikr